Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

5825 Jefferson Street , Burlington, KY 41005 USA (Show map)
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Experience historic charm and relaxed country living at this award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. Guests may also enjoy in-room massage, wireless Internet, cable TV and DVD player, and a comprehensive movie collection. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily at individual tables.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Romantic getaway

5 on March 08, 2018

We stayed in the Mr and Mrs Graves suite, which was a step back in time. Very historic property which was impeccably maintained. One of the nicest B & B's we have ever experienced! Staff was very warm and welcoming.

Best B and B

4.8 on February 26, 2018

Love this place!!! We always stay in the log cabin and it is a great room with excellent service and food!! The new additions of a gas fire pit and a common area have only enhanced the experience.

Wonderful B&B

5 on February 26, 2018

My wife and I stayed here for three nights in February, and it was one of the best B&B experiences we have ever had. Jennifer and her staff were excellent hosts, the accommodations were very comfortable and immaculate, the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your wonderful review. We love getting to know guests and multiple stays allow for that!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)

One of Our Favorites!

5 on February 21, 2018

This is one of our all time favorite B&Bs. We've been here for quick get-away weekends, and with friends for a time of refreshing. Highly recommend!


5 on January 20, 2018

A delightful place for a get away! The place is delightful and the breakfast was spectacular!

Great getaway

5 on January 08, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed a one night stay just after Christmas. We were blown away by how nice the room was- we stayed in the William Rouse Log Cabin Retreat on the second floor. The bathroom was ah-mazing. We had a delicious, gourmet breakfast the next morning. We only wished our stay had been longer. We will come back sometime when it is warmer out and we can take advantage of other amenities they have onsite, such as the fire pit and the community room.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for your kind words! Hope to see you at the firepit!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)

Food was amazing!!

4.6 on January 06, 2018

The chef and owner served a 4 course dinner on New Year’s Eve and a 3 course complimentary breakfast on New Year’s Day. You could not have better food at a Cincinnati restaurant!! Only complaint was our suite was very cold in the morning (even with a space heater and fireplace going).

Overnight get away

4.8 on December 26, 2017

This is the second time we have stayed here. The cabin is wonderful. Gives you the old time feel with all the luxuries of current time. The oversized whirlpool tub is amazing! The food is amazing. The staff are so kind and helpful. We will definitely be returning!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review! Hopefully when you return our new social room will be open for dinning, reading, relaxing! And a little warmer to sit at the fire pit!

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

BEST bday experience of my life.

5 on December 23, 2017

I avoided BandBs because I think they seem like a ripoff, but I cant even begin to tell you all what an incredible experience this place was. I now have a new Bday tradition. Jenn and the ladies took great care of me. Im excited about the new space!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind words! The Social room is open!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


5 on December 11, 2017

Where do I begin.....I have never stayed at a B and B before because I think theyre a little weird, but this changed everything for me. Jennifer and the ladies were so gracious, greeting me and giving me a personal tour of the grounds. The Room was beyond spectacular, EXCELLENT linens and so uniquely furnished, and CLEAN, The best part was hands down the food. Jennifer can cook incredible things in that kitchen. Think about this: you could spend a lot of money just to try to find a meal as amazing as this chef can prepare, and here you get a room the Best breakfast in Kentucky, I think that is what they should put on their sign. "Best Breakfast in Kentucky" -Anonymous I went for my birthday, and it was honestly one of the best times I've ever had, which probably means I need to get out more, but hey, I don't think so, I just think there's something going on at this place that is really unique, and I'm so excited to say I experienced it. Thank you!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind words...and honesty. I think there are folks that have pre conceived notions about BNB's. lol And we do our best to change any falsehoods here!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

03 Mr. and Mrs. Graves' Suite

Private entrance with living room, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Queen size bed, double whirlpool bath, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Air mattress for extra guests (additional charge).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

01 Catharine's Room

Our coziest room. Features include full size bed, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen cable TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with whirlpool tub/shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

02 Thomas' Room

Our larger room. Features include four-poster queen size bed, lounging chair, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with large showerhead, oversized single whirlpool tub, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

04 William Rouse Log Cabin Retreat, Second Floor

Second floor bedroom with king size ball bed, desk, couch, TV/DVD/CD player, high speed wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool tub, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

05 William Rouse Log Cabin 1st Floor

1st floor bedroom, King size extra long bed, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Private deck, refrigerator, and microwave.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Small town


Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Our exit number from I-75/I-71 is #181. If traveling south on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #182 and is called Turfway. If traveling north on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #180 and is called Union. - Exit 181 - Take KY 18 West to center of Burlington. - Turn right on Jefferson Street (Route 338). - Follow to Willis Graves, at the 2nd bend in road on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Our website has a full listing of area attractions for you to enjoy during your next visit to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Movie library, Parking , down comforters, triple sheeting, fresh-baked homemade cookies plated on your pillow each afternoon, complimentary bottled water and sodas available in the dining room mini-frig, both buildings have a covered porch for sitting outside

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Fairgrounds, Fair, Horse Shows, Car Shows, Antique Show (at Fairgrounds), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Please check our website for current policies and cancellation terms.
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Jennifer Goodman

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only

About the innkeepers

Ultimately, the dream of owning “something" was always in the back of my mind as. While doing an Internet search of bed and breakfast properties, I found Willis Graves was up for sale. I knew I had to visit. I had a wonderful stay last November and decided that this felt like home. Everything has come full circle. Stay up-to-date on my journey with this beautiful property via my blog http://willisgraves.blogspot.com/ I’ll share my family, food, and stories about my experiences running the Inn.

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Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)

  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. Guests may choose from signature entrees such as crème brûlée or orange marmalade French toast, breakfast pie, lemon waffles with blackberries, baked eggs and mushrooms in ham crisps, or our popular gingerbread pancakes.

Signature Dish

French Toast: Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade
We offer two types of breakfast fare to meet guest needs: either a quick continental breakfast for those in a hurry or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables with fine linen tablecloths and china. For those in our dining room, we try to appeal to all the senses with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of soft music playing in the background. Our rotating menus include breakfast dishes that reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Full breakfast is included with each night's stay.


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